Northeastern University Department of Chemical Engineering February Newsletter
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Letter from the Chair

Outstanding Educators in Chemical Engineering

As we enter into spring time at Northeastern in Chemical Engineering, our classrooms are heating up with a great experiential education. In this issue, we highlight some of the many new initiatives and accolades our faculty are receiving. For example, we highlight a new web site generated by Don Wood, E’68 and our Industrial Advisory Board. This web site allows our students to identify and connect with our chemical engineering alumni based on career interests, age, work experience and so much more! And the web site is completely automatic, generating the names and contact information of alumni who fit certain profiles. We also highlight Prof. Lucas Landherr who has won another award for his outstanding educational activities, this time from the Northeastern Region of the American Society For Engineering Edication. This was awarded for his innovation in the classroom using a wide range of tools to enhance chemical engineering education. We also highlight in this issue our Society For Biomaterials student group who is hosting and organizing our second annual Boston Biomaterials Day at Northeastern next month. We could not be more proud of our extensive chemical engineering education at Northeastern in which our alumni, students, staff, and faculty are all bringing us to new heights (and spring time warmth in the classroom)!


Thomas Webster
Professor and Department Chair, Chemical Engineering
Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engineering
Faculty Highlight
Steve Lustig
Associate Professor
PhD, Purdue University

Our work seeks to design and manipulate molecular/materials chemistry and structure for new property discovery, new functionality and technology development by combining theory, high performance computing and experimental methods. Our theoretical methods frequently involve quantum chemistry, statistical mechanics, polymer physics, materials and biomolecular engineering. Our experimental methods frequently involve chemical synthesis, processing and characterizations: such as: microlithography, electrospinning, atomic force microscopy, spectroscopy, rheology and electroanalysis. We develop and implement powerful, multi-disciplinary tools to solve relevant problems with industry and national laboratories.
Upcoming Events and 
Prof. Sanjeev Mukerjee
March 1, 2017
Mugar 201

Prof. Leila Deravi
March 3, 2017
Mugar 201

Prof. Kyongbum Lee
March 24, 2017
Mugar 201


Chemical Engineering Launches Online Mentoring Program

The Department of Chemical Engineering recently launched a mentoring website called 1-ON-1. This website was created after alumnus Don Wood, E’68 suggested the development and implementation of a mentoring system. Mr. Wood serves as a member of the Chemical Engineering Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) and has been involved with the board for over 25 years. He previously served as General Manager of Shell Oil Company and Vice President/General Manager of Union Carbide Corporation. After discussing his original idea with the IAB members, the mentoring website and program took a year to evolve from concept to creation.

Mr. Wood came up with the idea after years of helping the Chemical Engineering department and talking with students. “The better I got to know students, the more likely they were interested in asking me about business or career advice. It became obvious that there were many students who had these questions. This program will facilitate the matching between students and the alumni”, he remarks.

The department knew that user-friendly technology was the key to a successful mentoring program, and selected Dana Farkas, a Chemical Engineering BS/MS student and Dilip Makwana, a Computer Science MS student to build the website from scratch. “It was clear that technology would solve a problem that historically had been done by word of mouth and referrals”, says Mr. Wood. On the website, undergraduate students select from a list of criteria, which then produces a list of potential mentors with contact information.


Chemical Engineering Hosts The Hidden Infrastructure Symposium

Associate Teaching Professor, Lucas Landherr recently won the 2016 Outstanding Teacher Awardfrom the Northeast section of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

This award is given by each ASEE section, with support, where possible, from local industry. The award, which focuses on outstanding classroom performance, recognizes teachers of engineering and engineering technology students and serves as an incentive to make further significant contributions to teaching.

Prof. Landherr will be honored at an award ceremony held at the ASEE NE Conference at UMass Lowell in April 2017. Prof. Landherr will receive an award certificate prepared by ASEE National Headquarters and he will be featured in the ASEE Annual Awards Banquet Program.

Prof. Landherr has long been known for his sense of humor and dedication to teaching. At Northeastern University, he created a series of science comics to help students understand difficult engineering concepts and he has performed stand-up comedy in the past at Chemical Engineering Day. Additionally, Prof. Landherr focuses on the devel­op­ment of research-​​inspired STEM exper­i­ments and teaching materials for K-​​12 class­rooms.

Professor & Chair Thomas Webster Receives ICACC17 Plenary Award

Thomas Webster, Professor and Department Chair, Chemical Engineering and Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engineering recently traveled to Daytona, Florida for the 41st International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC17). The Engineering Ceramics Division of the American Ceramic Society has organized this prestigious conference since 1977.

Prof. Webster received the Plenary Award and delivered a talk titled “Fifteen years of commercializing ceramic medical devices using nanotechnology”. The invited talk highlighted some of the current ceramic nanomaterials approved by the FDA for human implantation.  
Recent Publications
Nanostructured poly (lactic acid) electrospun fiber with high loadings of TiO2 nanoparticles: Insights into bactericidal activity and cell viability
By: T.V. Toniatto, B.V.M. Rodrigues, T.C.O. Marsi, R. Ricci, F.R. Marciano, T.J. Webster, A.O. Lobo
Development of Chitosan/Poly(Vinyl Alcohol) Electrospun Nanofibers for Infection Related Wound Healing
By: Mian Wang, Amit K. Roy, and Thomas J. Webster
Volume: 7     Article Number: 683   Published: JAN 2017

High throughput microencapsulation of Bacillus subtilis in semi-permeable biodegradable polymersomes for selenium remediation
By: Barlow, Jacob; Gozzi, Kevin; Kelley, Chase P.;  Geilich, BM ; Webster, TJ; Chai, YR; Sridhar, Svan de Ven, AL
Volume: 101   Issue: 1   Pages: 455-464   Published: JAN 2017

Reduced bacterial growth and increased osteoblast proliferation on titanium with a nanophase TiO2 surface treatment
By:Garima Bhardwaj, Thomas J. Webster
Volume: 12   Pages: 363-369   Published: JAN 2017
Self-assembled peptide nanomaterials for biomedical applications: promises and pitfalls
By: Linlin Sun, Chunli Zheng, and Thomas J Webster
Volume: 12   Pages: 73-86   Published: DEC 2016

A Methodology to Electrochemically Fabricate Fe-Ni-Co Nanotips
By: Xiaohua Geng, Wentao Liang, and Elizabeth J. Podlaha,
Volume: 164  Issue: 11 Pages: D218-D224 Published: FEB 2017

Pattern-based sensing of triple negative breast cancer cells with dual-ligand cofunctionalized gold nano clusters
By: Tao, Yu; Li, Mingqiang; Auguste, Debra T.
BIOMATERIALS Volume: 116  Pages 21-33 Published: FEB 2017

Incorporating gold nanoclusters and target-directed liposomes as a synergistic amplified colorimetric sensor for HER2-positive breast cancer cell detection
By: Tao, Yu; Li, Mingqiang; Auguste, Debra T. 
THERANOSTICS Volume: 7 Issue: 4 Pages: 899-911 Published: FEB 2017

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